I am going to talk to you through my blog about Trump and the Iran deal! You, of course, do not have to read it, but I hope you do.

Mr. Trump just pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal. He lied about why, and he lied about our allies backing his decision!

The newly uncovered facts in Israel’s PowerPoint presentation last week provided us with very little information we did not know back in 2008!  A large trove of information that was just liberated by an Israeli agent working with an undercover person in Iran did elaborate on plans that were even more elaborate, but again, this is not something we did not either know or suspect. But if you watched the Trump news conference you were led to believe this was all new and ongoing! It is not the real truth!

The International Atomic Energy Agency, our own CIA, and our Energy Dept. have all said that Iran is currently following all the rules of the agreement. Almost all of the fissionable material that could be used to make a nuclear bomb has already been moved out of the country.  All of our Allies have begged Trump to stay in the deal, but as you know he did not. However, in his remarks today he made it seem like they were all on board and agreed with his decision, which is exactly the opposite of the truth! Even the original opposition to the agreement have all said that it is working so do not mess with it! Trump ignored everyone, fired those close to him who were telling him this was wrong, and filled it with yes men who will tell him what he wants to hear. He has put our Allies and us in way more danger.

He is going to try and set a nuclear deal with North Korea when he just pulled out of an international nuclear agreement just today! So how is that going to set with an already suspicious regime! Not well, cannot but make things more difficult!

Trump is right about them being a major supporter of terror, but everyone knows this. They also still plan and build missiles. Everyone also knows this. But everyone, all our partners on the world stage, knew we could only go after nuclear bomb developments and get a deal. This would give us 15 years without a nuclear bomb threat while we try and make inroads with them for peace in the region.

So lastly, not only did our Allies not agree, Trump basically threatened them all to go along or else! He has put them and us in more danger than we were in yesterday! We will see how that goes! Peace and stability, well he just shot that all to hell!

History, who has not heard me harp about that! Well let’s look at history, I did the research for you, and unlike your politicians, I am not a prevaricator!

The Great Depression (1929 to 1939) was caused by huge wealth and income inequality in our country. Combined with extensive new tariffs being imposed. Who was at the helm when this occurred, you ask? Herbert Hoover, a Republican was! Who dug us out of the largest most destructive depression in history? Well WWII put it on hold as jobs were available for the war effort, so some people say that was what ended the depression. However for that to be true we would have had to stay in a state of world war perpetually! Plus it was illusory as the war put us in extreme debt, which as you know causes its own problems. Same reason our debt is so large now, we have been at war 222 years out of 239 years since we have existed. This means we have only been at peace with the world for 20% of our history! So no, not the war! Roosevelt started the New Deal, but it was put on hold during the war, and Roosevelt passed away before his new proposals for post-war America got enacted!, He was responsible for new ideas and a successful template! Harry Truman was actually responsible for continuing the New Deal, implementing the Marshall Plan, NATO, and using United Nations veto more than any President to fight communism and the Soviet Union! He did continue Roosevelt’s ideas and kept the Great Depression at bay, and more infamously was one of the world’s leaders instrumental in starting the Cold War. So the Great Depression started by a Republican was left for two Democrats to fix! Wealth and income inequality, new tariffs imposed, sound familiar? How about exactly what Trump is doing right now!

The Great Recession (2007 to 2009) was started by banks gambling with investor’s money and going for the quick profit! That meant making dangerous and very risky investments and loans! Big business and Wall Street were concentrating on big bonuses and profits, risking their customer’s money, and not caring! Who was at the helm during this disaster, yet another Republican, George W. Bush! Who got us out of this disaster, regardless of what you have been told, it was President Obama, and he did it without any help whatsoever from Republicans. Did it cost us, you bet! Were the steps President Obama took necessary, yes they were! It was the biggest economic disaster since the Great Depression, in full swing when Obama took office and gone before he left office. You can hyperventilate all you want, but this is history, and will be recorded as such, no matter what you wish to be true! You will notice that the recession was in full swing when Obama took office, and if you look at when the recession ended, it was in Obama’s first year as President. And the economy, jobs, and unemployment all steadily got better during his Presidency, regardless of what the Liar in Chief or his minions told you! It is all in the public record, plain and simple, all you have to do is learn to read and not watch, well, you know!

So if you go back up and look at what I just said caused the Great Depression, it appears Trump has decided to create exactly the conditions that caused it, of course blaming everyone and everything around him as he leads us into either the next Great Depression or a nuclear war. Something to look forward to! If you look at real history, the record of the U.S. economy, every time we have a depression or major recession Republicans are almost always in charge. There is always huge wealth and income inequality, a suffering middle class or no middle class, and the debt rockets into the stratosphere. Republicans always campaign for a balanced budget, then get in office and run the debt up by enormous leaps and bounds. Has always been thus, lie, then give huge tax breaks or loopholes to the rich, make laws that only favor the already rich and Wall Street, and you get a recession, every damn time. History, it is all there; all you have to do is crack open a book or two and start reading. Not some book by some crackpot, I am talking about the dull, painstaking business of reading documents, looking at the debt and deficit and see who actually ran it up and why! You always have to look at why. Was it war, tax cuts, trade, and what dates, not what some lying politician told you! History, it does not lie, people just lie about it!

 

Let me give you a little history of the two men whose pictures I will post and trip I will be writing about in this article. Also a little bit about me, the author.

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These two pics are of  Jim Mahon, a 17-year-old Marine shipped out to Vietnam in the late 60’s. Yes, I said 17! Not old enough to drink or vote, but old enough to risk dying for his country. I don’t have exact dates, and Jim does not like to talk about it much, but I also joined the Marine Corps May 5, 1969, not long after he did and spent my first leave visiting him in the hospital in Bremerton Washington. He did not look good. He had been blown up by a booby trap, a high explosive device near Danang in the bush! He died twice in the field, but due to a Corpsman’s superhuman efforts was delivered alive ta a hospital and his life was saved. He looked like the victim of multiple shark attacks when I first saw him. Scared me half to death! He eventually, as many other wounds were attempting to heal, lost a right leg that just could not be saved even though valiant efforts were made to do so over many years! I myself served four years in the Corps, did two tours, parts of both were in Danang. However I was an avionics tech working on computer warfare birds, so never left the safety of the airbase at Danang. It was, however, not called Rocket City during that time for no reason! I was inaugurated within my first half hour in the country! I was a Sgt and NCOIC of crews running missions out of Danang and repairing aircraft in Cubi Point in the Philippines. I practically lived on a C-130 Hercules. But I digress.

After a period of adjustment, my lifelong friend Jim, we met freshman year of high school gearing up for football, basically became a professional student after he recovered from his injuries! He has multiple degrees, can teach, owns his own gym, worked with PTSD vets for the VA, and is my hero! He is in Nam looking into teaching English classes as I am writing this. While in college he met Sonny Dee Dam in the early 1980’s, a man born and raised in Vietnam.  He and Jim became close friends and roommates, both going to Boise State in Idaho. During that period of time Jim, always curious about the place he had fought and been wounded but knew so little about wanted to go back and start exploring! Sonny could not go at that time but told Jim his family would sponsor him so off he went.  So here is Jim, still suffering and torn up from wounds received fighting in Nam, going through all kinds of red tape trying to get into a country we did not then officially recognize! Vietnam had no U.S. Embassy back then, so he had to go through our Embassy in Thailand. He was successful after years of work and several trips! He was able to to get Sonny’s sister and children to the States, which was one of the tasks he intended to accomplish when he started his first trips back to Vietnam. He subsequently married the sister, who shall remain nameless for now. They subsequently divorced years later as Jim’s wanderlust and desire to travel was not a desire she shared. I believe they are still friends! During the time he was sharing a domicile with Sonny, his friend was a single parent, and Jim also single with twin boys to support. They shared good times, hard times, but this only strengthened their friendship. Sonny around 1990 moved to California to pursue his career and Jim had a new marriage and instant family, a new language to grasp, so they did not visit or talk much for a few years! After Jim became single again they reconnected. He now lives in Council Idaho with Jim when in the states and he and Jim are not in Vietnam.

This is a recent picture I took of Jim in my front yard. Just before we set off on our motorcycle trip through the Northwest. Jim and I have also shared some adventures over the years. We consider ourselves family and call each other brother! I am only one of many friends, but I consider him to be my best friend! As I said, my hero for many reasons. One of the most determined men I know!

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Not long before this picture was taken Jim took another trip to Vietnam and the Danang area to see if he could visit places he had been, battles he fought in, bush he had traversed! Of course, it had changed so much over the years that nothing was recognizable, but still a cathartic adventure for him, in my opinion, anyway. One bridge he remembered as a one-lane wooden structure was now a four-lane concrete behemoth as one example! One of the things he mentioned stayed with me. When the people there found out his wounds were received fighting during the conflict, they treated him very well. He met no one holding a grudge, regardless of what side they were on. He had to get used to how things got done there, a kind of barter system with local authorities, but he navigated the whole thing with skill and good humor.

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This is a picture of the 2017 trip last year taken with Sonny and Jim drinking coffee and relaxing in Ho Chi Minh City! [Saigon] Sonny has relatives there, and now that he is retired he spends part of every year in Vietnam, and Jim usually travels with him! The next several pictures are from that same trip, they have not given me the pics from the current trip, but I am told they are forthcoming! I am told if the teaching job in Nam comes through for Jim, they will spend six months there and six months in Council. Sonny says they started talking about these trips 30 years ago! The subjects in the following pictures are Jim Mahon, Sonny Dam, and Lan Thanh. At present Jim and Sonny are checking into the teaching gig and a permanent residence.

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A little sightseeing with Lan, Jim, and Sonny. Lan Thanh is Sonny’s girlfriend of several years. You will see her in most pics with Sonny and Jim.

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They all love to eat. These are all from the last trip in 2017.

 

 

This is a video of Jim cycling in Nam, I assume the video was taken by Sonny. this was a 23-mile ride on a hot day. And I complain about my daily treadmill walks! This is current, the video was sent on March 4, 2018. You can see why motorcycles and scooters are so popular. I should be getting more pics of Jim and Sonny’s current trip and will add them and post as soon as they send them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This information was gleaned from multiple sites, but Vox and Rolling Stone were primarily used.

1973: The US Department of Justice — under the Nixon administration sued the Trump Management Corporation for violating the Fair Housing Act. Federal officials found evidence that Trump had refused to rent to black tenants and lied to black applicants about whether apartments were available, among other accusations. Trump said the federal government was trying to get him to rent to welfare recipients. In the aftermath, he signed an agreement in 1975 agreeing not to discriminate against renters of color without admitting to discriminating before. He was later sued a second time by the Justice Department for exactly the same thing!
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1980s: Kip Brown, a former employee at Trump’s Castle, accused another one of Trump’s businesses of discrimination. “When Donald and Ivana came to the casino, the bosses would order all the black people off the floor!
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1989: In a controversial case that’s been characterized as a modern-day lynching, four black teenagers and one Latino teenager — the “Central Park Five” — were accused of attacking and raping a jogger in New York City. Trump immediately took charge in the case, running an ad in local papers demanding, “BRING BACK THE DEATH PENALTY. BRING BACK OUR POLICE!” The teens’ convictions were later vacated after they spent seven to 13 years in prison, and the city paid $41 million in a settlement to the teens. But Trump in October 2016 said he still believes they’re guilty, despite the DNA evidence to the contrary.
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1991: A book by John O’Donnell, former president of Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, quoted Trump’s criticism of a black accountant: “Black guys counting my money! I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day. … I think that the guy is lazy. And it’s probably not his fault because laziness is a trait in blacks. It really is, I believe that. It’s not anything they can control.” Trump at first denied the remarks, but later said in a 1997 Playboy interview that “the stuff O’Donnell wrote about me is probably true.”
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1992: The Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino had to pay a $200,000 fine because it transferred black and women dealers off tables to accommodate a big-time gambler’s prejudices.
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2000: In opposition to a casino proposed by the St. Regis Mohawk tribe, which he saw as a financial threat to his casinos in Atlantic City, Trump secretly ran a series of ads suggesting the tribe had a “record of criminal activity [that] is well documented.” Which had no truth to them.
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2004: In season two of The Apprentice, Trump fired Kevin Allen, a black contestant, for being overeducated. “You’re an unbelievably talented guy in terms of education, and you haven’t done anything,” Trump said on the show. “At some point, you have to say, ‘That’s enough.'” What the _____!
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2005: Trump publicly pitched creating teams of whites versus blacks for his next season of The Apprentice.
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2011: Trump played a big role in pushing false rumors that Obama — the country’s first black president — was not born in the US. He even sent investigators to Hawaii to look into Obama’s birth certificate. Obama later released his birth certificate, calling Trump a “carnival barker.” (The research has found a strong correlation between “birtherism,” as this conspiracy theory is called, and racism.) Trump has reportedly continued pushing this conspiracy theory in private.
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2011: While Trump suggested that Obama wasn’t born in the US, he also argued that maybe Obama wasn’t a good enough student to have gotten into Columbia or Harvard Law School, and demanded Obama release his university transcripts. Trump claimed, “I heard he was a terrible student. Terrible. How does a bad student go to Columbia and then to Harvard?”
He got there on merit, or how could he become the first black man to head the Harvard Law Review, or to teach law as a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago! He was offered a tenure-track, which would have made him a full professor, but he declined.  I would like to see Trump’s transcripts, his taxes, his banking statements, but I am dreaming now!
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Trump launched his campaign in 2015 by calling Mexican immigrants “rapists” who are “bringing crime” and “bringing drugs” to the US. His campaign was largely built on building a wall to keep these immigrants out of the US.
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He argued in 2016 that Judge Gonzalo Curiel — who was overseeing the Trump University lawsuit — should recuse himself from the case because of his Mexican heritage and membership in a Latino lawyers association. House Speaker Paul Ryan, who endorsed Trump, later called such comments “the textbook definition of a racist comment.”
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Trump reportedly said in 2017 that people who came to the US from Haiti “all have AIDS,” and he lamented that people who came to the US from Nigeria would never “go back to their huts” once they saw America.
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Speaking about immigration in a bipartisan meeting in January 2018, Trump reportedly asked, in reference to Haiti and African countries, “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” He then reportedly suggested that the US should take more people from countries like Norway. The implication: Immigrants from predominantly white countries are good, while immigrants from predominantly black countries are bad.
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And the band plays on!

You might want to look up pictures of David Dukes with his arm around Trump on the campaign trail! If you still feel like you want to defend Trump, a man who also, this not being racist, but still important, invented a new African nation, Nambia, a new jet, the P54, or meeting the President of the U.S. Virgin Islands, well the band is still playing! He has told 2000 verifiable lies in one year as President. Even if you cut that in half, he is still a record holder for lying. Does this not tell you something about his morals, at least hint at a mental aberration? If that does not do it for you, go back to all of the things he has said about women on the public record! He has paid off at least one and possibly two or more porn stars purportedly since his son was born to shut up and go away! Nineteen women have come forward about sexual harassment or rape. How far are you prepared to go, I want to know! His nefarious business dealings will fill a chapter, at least, so another day! This is not a man who should be your leader! He is an example of the worst in our society, and we are at fault, yes, you and me! We let this happen!

 

 

This is information I got from an article written by Don Lee for the LA Times. It is rather long, but it had salient points we all need to recognize, so I paraphrase for your edification, with added commentary of my own thrown in for good measure!
The tax bill’s passage could turn out to be too much of a good thing, economic analysts warn! No expansion lasts forever. The current surge is 8½ years old. By spring, it will be the second longest expansion in American history. Ok, (my words), the one thing here I would like to point out, a point I have made before, the surge in the economy is 8 ½ years old. So who was President during at least 7 ½ years of the economic surge, oh yeah, that guy some of you claim was worthless! But I digress. (You can probably tell which parts I gleaned from the article and which parts came from my little pea brain without me having to tell you!)
“Simply stated, we are adding substantial stimulus to an economy already operating near full capacity,“ Northern Trust economists Carl Tannenbaum and Ryan Boyle said in a research note Tuesday evening, shortly before the Senate approved the tax bill 51 to 48, strictly along party lines. (Again, who made that happen?) Almost all analysts agree that this tax bill will be a disaster for America over time. The poor timing of these tax cuts, which are financed largely by increasing the federal deficit, washes out most of the benefits!
Now, (my words), this paragraph is important, pay attention to what is said here. I have often written that most of the things Trump takes credit for with his bluster and lies are actually the result of the Obama legacy. (Yep, that same worthless guy again!)                                                                                                  Here is the import: Most of what makes the current economy so strong is a matter of inheritance. Aside from recoveries in Europe, Japan and even Russia and Brazil, the U.S. is benefiting from the result of decisions made years ago about how to get the country out of the 2008 financial crash — the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. (Yep, that other guy again!)
Most experts say that quick government action in late 2008 and early 2009 staved off immediate disaster and saved major industries and tens of thousands of jobs. Creative but careful monetary policy in the following years led to a slow but steady recovery. The results of those efforts would have been inherited by any president, Republican or Democrat!

So in conclusion, (my words), Trump has done nothing for the economy up to this point, he inherited a ready-made set of conditions that improved the economy without input from him, other than bragging and lying about it, that is! His tax plan will give you and me some small tax relief, for about a year, then it starts falling apart. Middle and lower incomes will lose their tax breaks as they are designed to be there only for a limited time, just enough to try and make you feel good around mid-terms, and then you are going to have to pay through the nose for years to come. Do not be fooled, you cannot blow up the deficit and debt by numbers that are spelled with the word “trillions” and not have to pay for it. The 1% and big corporations tax breaks are written as permanent, but as I said, yours were not! They are but fleeting, so be aware who you vote for! This economy cannot last under the current leadership and even if by a miracle it does it will not benefit you, because you, my dear friends, will be paying for the elite to get even more of what they already have while you can eat cake! If you can afford it!

 

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